Oct 12, 2014
Source: Guelph Sports Info
Guelph, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphon women’s hockey team defeated the York Lions 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Gryphon Centre in the season opener for both teams. Despite the fact that the Gryphons were dominating puck possession early on, they would find themselves trailing after Tonisha Maisonneuve (North Bay, Ont.) opened the scoring for York at the 7:28 mark of the first period. Guelph was quick to respond however, tying things up less than two minutes later. A power play goal from Averi Nooren (Aylmer, Ont.) meant things were tied at 1-1 after the opening period.
In the 2nd, the Gryphons power play unit would once again find the back of the net. Christine Grant (Mississauga, Ont.), a 2nd team OUA All Star a season ago, would score her first goal of the 2014-2015 season to put Guelph ahead 2-1 heading to the final period. That is when the fans at the Gryphon Centre would get their first look at one of the promising rookies on this Gryphons roster. First year forward Mackenzie Wong (Surrey, B.C.) would be sent in all alone early on in the 3rd period and would make no mistake, going top corner to put Guelph up 3-1. From there, All-Star goalie Stephanie Nehring (Oshawa, Ont.) would do the rest. Nehring turned away 31 of the 32 shots sent her way in the game.
The Gryphons will hit the ice again on Wednesday October 15th against the Ryerson Rams with the puck set to drop at 7:30 p.m. in Toronto.
|Source: Peter Reimer, Queen’s Sports Information Intern
KINGSTON, Ont. – The No.3 women’s hockey team opened the 2014-15 season with a 5-2 victory over the Nipissing Lakers at the Memorial Centre on Saturday afternoon.
It only took 27 seconds for the Gaels to open the scoring, as Taryn Pilon (Peterborough, Ont.) continued her strong offensive play from the preseason.
The Lakers knotted the score halfway through the second on Samantha Strassburger’s second powerplay goal of the season. Queen’s regained the lead on a powerplay goal from Courtenay Jacklin(Regina) as the period drew to a close.
Both teams continued to struggle shorthanded, as the squads exchanged powerplay tallies early in the final frame. Pilon registered the eventual game-winner as she collected her second goal of the game. Queen’s added an insurance marker one minute later as Clare McKellar (London, Ont.) found the back of the net. Kyla Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont.) deposited an empty net goal in the final seconds, giving the Gaels the 5-2 victory.
Caitlyn Lahonen (Sharon, Ont.) started in net for Queen’s, collecting 32 saves on the afternoon, while Sabrina Picard picked up the loss in goal for Nipissing with 24 saves.
The Gaels (1-0-0) return to action Sunday afternoon when they battle the Laurentian Voyageurs (0-2-0). Puck drop is set for 2:30pm at the Memorial Centre.
|Waterloo||3||Western||4||Final – OT||Box Score|
|LONDON, Ont. – The Western Mustangs trio of Ali Beres, Tia Kipfer, and Katie Hubert proved that even though this afternoon marked the first time the three suited up in Mustangs uniforms in regular season action, the newcomers are a force to be reckoned with.
The three recorded a goal each in the women’s hockey team’s 4-3 overtime win over the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Arena. Along with the offensive firepower from some of the team’s newest recruits, veteran Katelyn Gosling added a goal and two assists to contribute to the purple and white victory.
“I thought our last 10 minutes was our best, that’s always good going into the next game to finish on a strong note,” said Mustangs head coach Chris Higgins. “That team is very disappointed they thought they had the game in hand.”
Today’s win marks the Mustangs first victory in the regular season and gives the team a 1-0-0 record in the OUA standings, while the Warriors move to a 1-1-2 record on the season so far.
The Mustangs encountered some tough luck in the first period as they were able to control the play, but were unable to control the scoreboard. Despite keeping the puck in the Warriors end of the ice, it was Waterloo’s Rachel Marriott who got to the score sheet first after putting the puck past Mustangs goaltender Kelly Campbell almost half way through the period.
Western continued to work hard and generate shots on Warriors goaltender Stephanie Sluys, and it was Beres who put the Mustangs onto the board with a goal at the seventeen-minute mark to even up the game. But the tough luck continued for the Mustangs as the Warriors Rebecca Rutherford responded quickly, picking up a loose puck at centre ice to take it deep into Mustangs territory and past Campbell to give Waterloo a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Mustangs continued to put shots on net in the second frame, working diligently to cut the Warriors one goal lead, and that hard work paid off when Gosling found the back of the net to tie the game up 2-2 13 minutes into the period. The even score did not last long however, as Marissa Redmond responded just over 30 seconds later with another Warriors goal to take back the lead.
Although the Mustangs were down by one heading into the third period of the contest, the purple and white began to play aggressively with the Warriors, battling it out to prove just who wanted the win more. Late into the period Kipfer netted the game-tying Mustangs goal with less than five minutes remaining in the third.
With an even 3-3 score, the two teams headed back onto the ice for a five minute, four-on-four overtime period. But the Mustangs didn’t need the whole five minutes as Hubert scored over one minute into the overtime action. Hubert put the puck past Sluys to end the game then and there with her game-winning goal, and to bring home the first regular season victory for the Mustangs.
“This team has really meshed more than any team I’ve ever been on, and that’s really contributed to our team’s success,” said Hubert.
Western doesn’t have long to reflect on their victory as they’ll return to the ice on Sunday afternoon for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Laurier Golden Hawks at Thompson Arena.
|Source: Toronto Sports Info
TORONTO – The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team defeated the Ryerson Rams 2-0 in their 2014-15 season and home opener on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 11) at Varsity Arena.
Veteran forwards Sonja Weidenfelder and Alie Brind’Amoure-McClure both notched powerplay goals for Toronto, with 2013-14 CIS all-Canadian goaltender Nicole Kesteris posting 14 saves in the shutout win.
Third-year forward Taylor Day (Ilderton, Ont.) had a great chance to score seven minutes into the game but could find the mesh on the short side. Jacqueline Scheffel and Becki Bowering found themselves on a 2-on-1 chance towards the end of the first, but Ryerson netminder Alex Armstrong was there to make the save. The game remained scoreless after 20 minutes of action.
The Rams had a good chance when Michelle Evagelou and Chloe Richardson found themselves on a 2-on-1 of their own, but 2014 CIS all-Canadian goalie Nicole Kesteris was there to make the save. The Day, Sonja Weidenfelder, Kristi Riseley line peppered Armstrong with shots towards the end of the second period, but to no avail, 0-0 heading into the third.
U of T rookie Julia Szulewska came out of the penalty box and forced a turnover, sending Scheffel on a breakaway in the first minute of the third. Armstrong stood tall and came up with the save.
Ryerson found themselves in penalty trouble and the Blues finally opened the scoring on the powerplay four minutes into the third frame. Weidenfelder buried a Stacey Oue point shot for what would be the eventual game-winner.
That sparked both team’s intensity levels and Kesteris stepped up with a big toe save two minutes later.
Toronto extended their lead on another powerplay opportunity when an Amanda Ricker rebound found Alie Brind’Amour McClure all alone at the side of the net. The Waterdown, Ont., native made no mistake burying her first of the season.
The Blues successfully killed off a Ryerson 6-on-4 advantage for 1:11 and came away with the win.
The Varsity Blues return to the ice next Saturday, October 18 as they host the Guelph Gryphons at Varsity Arena. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
|Saskatchewan||1||Manitoba||0||Final||Box Score | Recap|
|Source: Jordan Haslbeck, Manitoba Sports Info
On the afternoon of Saturday October 11, 2014, the Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team lost 1-0 to the Saskatchewan Huskies at Wayne Fleming Arena.
With the victory the Huskies improve to 2-2-0 while Manitoba falls 2-1-1 in the young conference season.
The Bisons started the game strong with an early power play, but Cassidy Hendricks, the Huskies goalie, shut the door keeping it even game. Hendricks had a solid first period making 17 saves (several of the close in range) while Manitoba’s goalie, second year Amanda Schubert, had to only make two.
In the second period, Saskatchewan turned up the pressure controlling the puck for the better part of the second half of the period. The home team took a couple of penalties in the second half but Schubert kept it a tie game making eight saves.
After two periods of play the Bisons were 0/2 of the power while the Huskies were 0/3.
The visitors scored the only goal of the game 17 seconds into the third period, when Saskatchewan defenseman Julia Flinton’s slapshot beat the Bisons netminder.
With seven minuets left in the contest, Manitoba took a couple of penalties resulting in a nearly two minutes of 5-on-3 for the Huskies. The Bisons were able to kill it and keep it a one goal game.
Hendricks earned a shutout stopping all 27 of the home teams shots.
“I didn’t think we put the pucks in the right places on net,” said Bisons coach Jon Rempel, “(Hendricks) played pretty well but we also made it pretty easy for her.”
The teams split the two game series with one game each. Both teams are back in action Friday, October 17, when the Huskies host Alberta and the Bisons visit Mount Royal.
|Regina||2||Alberta||1||Final||Box Score | Recap|
|UBC||8||Mount Royal||0||Final||Box Score | Recap|
|Source: Jamie Howieson, Laurier Sports Info
WINDSOR, Ont. – The No. 7 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team was handed their first loss of the year as they fell 2-1 to the Windsor Lancers on the road.
Rookie Krystin Lawrence of Tecumseh, Ont., scored the game-winning goal for the Lancers with just over four minutes remaining in the third period to give the home team their second win in as many games to start the season.
Candice Chevalier of Essex, Ont., was the Lancers other goal scorer while Heather Platt of Toronto, responded for the Hawks.
In what was a closely-contested game, both teams managed 28 shots on goal but both goalies played well, keeping the score close throughout. Marissa Kozovski of Pickering, Ont., picked up the win, making one more save than her counterpart Amanda Smith of Burlington, Ont.
The loss drops the purple and gold to 2-1-0 on th e season while the Lancers remain unbeaten at 2-0-0.
Laurier will look to return to the win column Sunday afternoon when they head to London to face the Western Mustangs (1-0-0). Puck drop is set for 4 p.m.
Source: Queen’s Sports Info
KINGSTON, Ont. – The No.3 women’s hockey team earned a commanding 6-0 win on Sunday afternoon against the Laurentian Voyageurs at the Memorial Centre.
The Gaels dominated play in the first frame, outshooting the Voyageurs 11-2. Queen’s opened the scoring halfway through the first on a powerplay tally from winger Taryn Pilon (Peterborough, Ont.). The Gaels doubled their lead as the period came to a close, when Mary Coughlin (Amherstburg, Ont.) found the back of the net for her first of the season.
Queen’s wasted no time adding to their lead as two quick goals from Fiona Lester (Peterborough, Ont.) and Kyla Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont.) put Queen’s ahead 4-0 early in the second. Lester’s goal is her first as a Gael since arriving at Queen’s from Laurier.
Pilon added another powerplay marker in the third, giving her two goals in the game and four over the weekend. Alisha Sealey (Elora, Ont.) also added a goal of her own, on which rookie Addi Halladay (North Augusta, Ont.) provided an assist to pick up her first point at the OUA level, as the Gaels went on to complete the 6-0 victory.Pilon led all skaters with four points, while Sealey compiled three.
Goaltender Stephanie Pascal (Sudbury, Ont.) earned the 21 save shutout in her first start for Queen’s, while Laurentian’s Laura Deller stopped 33 pucks in the losing effort. Final shots for the game totalled 39-21 in favour of Queen’s.
The Gaels (2-0-0) return to action Friday at noon in front of over 1,200 school kids to celebrate UN Day of the Girl when they take on the York Lions (0-1-0) at the K-Rock Centre.
Source: Western Sports Info
LONDON, Ont. – The Western Mustangs women’s hockey team wrapped up their season opening weekend with a physical contest against the Laurier Golden Hawks that saw Laurier come away with a 2-1 shootout victory on Sunday afternon at Thompson Arena.
“I think we played excellent. We deserved better, we had a lot of chances and hit a couple posts but when you go to a shootout its 50-50 and so we are very happy with how we played,” said Mustangs head coach Chris Higgins.
The Laurier victory gives the Mustangs their first loss of the regular season after the purple and white picked up a win over the Warriors on Saturday. With the loss, the Mustangs now hold a 1-0-1 record in the OUA standings, while the Golden Hawks advance to a record of 3-1-0 on the season so far.
In the first period the Mustangs battled hard against the Golden Hawks who proved to be an aggressive opponent on the ice. The Mustangs looked slow to the puck throughout the period but were able to hold their own against the Golden Hawks, outshooting them seven to four throughout the period.
Although the Mustangs created some scoring opportunities throughout the first period, they were unable to put themselves onto the scoreboard. They weren’t the only ones having trouble putting points on the board though as Mustangs goaltender Kelly Campbell kept the Golden Hawks from finding the score sheet, sending the game into the first intermission tied 0-0.
Both teams came onto the ice strong in the second period looking to take control of the play. The Mustangs brought their physical sides into the second frame in an attempt to counter the aggressive play from the Golden Hawks.
Early on in the second frame Western found itself in penalty trouble as Brittany Clapham and Brianna Iazzolino were sent off for body checking and cross checking respectively. The Golden Hawks made the most of their 5-on-3 advantage, and it was Laurier’s Jessica Prevette who put the puck past Campbell to give the visitors a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the period.
After a very physical second period between the two rival teams, the Mustangs hit the ice determined to tie things up. Just a minute into the third Cassidy Gosling converted assists from Katelyn Gosling and Iazzolino to tie the game with her first goal of the season.
The Mustangs continued their momentum all the way through the period but were unable to take the lead, sending the contest into a five-minute, four-on-four overtime period.
With the two teams both battling fiercely to take home the win, the overtime period was filled with back and forth action being played at both ends of the ice. Neither team was able to secure the win before the clock ran down, meaning that Sunday’s game would be decided via shootout.
In the shootout rounds both Campbell and Laurier netminder Nicholle Kovach blocked shot after shot, turning aside opposing shooters. However, it was Laurier’s Laura Brooker that managed to find the back of the net first, as she flipped the puck into the top right corner to give the Golden Hawks a 2-1 win.
“We felt we had been controlling the game. They got their goal in a five-on-three and that really was one of the only chances they had. We thought we were in control and we had some great chances but kudos to their goalie she made some saves,” added Higgins.
The Mustangs will return to the ice Saturday, October 18, to face-off against the Windsor Lancers at Western’s Thompson Arena. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m.